7:06 PM EST, January 24, 2014
Sherman was roundly criticized for taunting his opponents after his game-winning deflection in last weekend's NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.
He later apologized for his boorish behavior but the NFL took a dim view of Sherman's actions, slapping him with a $7,875 fine just days before his team heads to New Jersey to prepare for the February 2 Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.
The Seahawks beat San Francisco 23-17 to advance to the NFL's title game but only after surviving a desperate last play by the 49ers, who were attempting to make the Super Bowl for the second year in a row.
Immediately after the play, Sherman ran over to Crabtree and tried to mockingly shake his hand, then gestured to Kaepernick that he had choked under pressure.
In a television interview a few moments later, he continued to taunt Crabtree, describing him as a "sorry receiver."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking on U.S. television earlier this week, said he was unimpressed by Sherman's behavior.
"I'm not cheering for that," Goodell said.
"I want him to present himself in the best possible way and make sure that he is reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way."
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